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The Bible teaches that God offers salvation to all. But people have the freedom to accept God’s gift of salvation or lose it at any time. The following references explain:
1-Our salvation is dependent on our continual abiding in Christ “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:1-6).
2-Jesus taught the same truth about losing eternal life after being saved in the parable of the sower “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away” (Luke 8:12- 13).
3-Christ described how a faithful servant can choose to become unfaithful “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household …But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens…The lord of that servant … will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” (Luke 12:42-46).
4-Continued forgiveness from God is dependent on the believer willingness to forgive others. In Matthew 18:21-35, we read of a certain king who forgave a servant a large debt. That servant went out and found a second servant who owed him a small amount. The first servant showed no mercy to the second servant and threw him in prison because the last servant could not pay his debt. When the king heard what had happened, he had his first servant thrown in gail till he paid his debt in full.
5- The saved need to overcome and endure, by God’s grace, otherwise their names will be blotted out of the book of life. Jesus said, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” Matthew 24:13. “He that overcometh . . . I will not blot out his name out of the book of life” (Revelation 3:5).
6-Salvation is conditional on our acceptance of the Lord and following His will:
“If we walk in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
“If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father” (1 John 2:24).
“If any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38).
“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch” (John 15:6).
“If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death” (John 8:51).
“If thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” Romans 11:22. “If ye do these things, ye shall never fall” (2 Peter 1:10).
“For we are made partakers of Christ, If we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end” (Hebrews 3:14).
“If we endure, we shall also reign with him: If we deny him, he also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12 -RSV).
“If we sin willfully . . . there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).
“If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
“Ye are my friends, If ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14).
“If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die” (Romans 8:13).
“When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it” (Ezekiel 33:13).
“When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby” (verse 18).
7-There was a possibility, for even Paul, to be lost if he cherished sin. “. . . lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Corinthians 9:27).
8-Paul also speaks of the possibility of born-again believers to suffer damnation if they received the Lord’s Supper unworthily. “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself” (1 Corinthians 11:29).
9-Paul states that many of God’s chosen Israelites who rejected Christ were, therefore, cut off. The illustration is used of an olive tree. The branches were the children of Israel, but because of their unbelief, they were broken off. Then, some wild olive branches were grafted in, these represent the Gentile Christians. “For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. If thou continue in his goodness: otherwise, thou also shalt be cut off” (Romans 11: 21, 22).
10-Peter states that it is possible for Christians to fall away after being truly converted “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20, 21).
11-Timothy stated that some believers will choose to depart from the faith “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1).
12-Believers can leave their first love and lose their salvation if they don’t repent “Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:4, 5).
13-King Saul was converted yet he backslid, disobeyed the Lord, took his own life and eventually was lost (1 Samuel 31:1-6).
From the above verses, we learn that as long as the believer chooses to connect himself to the Lord, his salvation will be secure in God. But if the believer chooses to disconnect himself from God, then, he will be overcome by the devil.
In His service,